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Festival office and Jewish Culture Festival Society

Jewish Culture Festival Society was founded in 1995 in order to organize annual editions of the festival. Nowadays beside running the festival, our Society is responsible for the all year round activities in the Cheder, as well as for program for volunteers – The Machers. Festival office represents the Society in all its activities.

Janusz Makuch, founder and director of the festival

Founder of the festival and its director from the very first edition. For his work he has been awarded with numerous awards and medals in Poland and abroad, including Polonia Restituta medal from the President of the Republic of Poland, Irena Sendlerowa Award from the Taube Foundation as well as an award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promotion of Poland abroad.

In 2018, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, as the only person from Poland, he was awarded with a honorary title of “The Friend of Israel” (Hebrew: Yakir Israel) and received by Rueven Rivlin, President of Isarel.

Katarzyna Wydra, deputy director

She graduated tourism at the Academy of Physical Education and Culture Management at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She joined the festival in 1999 and is responsible for programming, production and logistic of the festival.

Robert Gądek, deputy director

Graduated Polish Philology at the Jagiellonian University and Arts Management Training Initiative Scotland. Since 2005 he coordinates PR and fundraising activities, as well as production of the festival. He is also a media contact on behalf of the festival.

Julia Lorenc, program manager for Cheder

Graduated musicology and Jewish studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She also studied at the Tel Aviv University. Julia joined festival office in 2019 and is responsible for programming and production of festival events as well as those in Cheder.

Paweł Kowalewski, program manager

Graduated Musical University in Warsaw and Tel Aviv University. Paweł joined JCF office in 201  a sa volunteer, later on he became manager of volunteer program and finally – program manager for Cheder and the Jewish Culture Festival.

Edyta Gawlak, manager of volunteering program

Student of applied psychology at the Jagiellonian University. She has developed her interest in intercultural psychology during cooperation with numerous NGO, including JCF (as a volunteer, from 2016). In 2018 she became a coordinator of the project Workshops for Seniors, and in 209 joined festival office as a volunteer program manager, helping also with programming at Cheder and during the festival.

Contact us

Jewish Culture Festival 
36, Józefa Street, 31-056 Kraków, Poland

Festival office is open 
from Monday to Thursday – between 9 am and 5 pm
on Fridays – between 9 am and 4 pm
the office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays

telephone: + 48 12 431 15 17
e-mail: office(at)

Direct e-mail addresses of the staff members
Janusz Makuch: makuch(at)
Katarzyna Wydra: kasia(at)
Robert Gądek: robert(at)
Julia Lorenc: julia.lorenc(at)
Paweł Kowalewski: pawel(at)
Edyta Gawlak:

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Jewish Culture Festival Society - information

The Society presents i promotes contemporary Jewish culture from Israel and the entire Diaspora. By doing so, we aim to eliminate anti-Semitism and to create a friendly and welcoming environment for the growing Jewish community. To achieve these aims, the Society organizes annual Jewish Culture Festival, all year round programs at the Cheder as well as by developing and promoting ideas of voluntary work as a part of the program called The Machers.

The Society is a non-governmental and non-profit charity, registered in Poland.

Society's governing bodies

Board of the Society
Janusz Makuch – President
Anna Jędrocha – Treasurer
Marek Grochowski – Secretary

Audit Commission
Dorota Szlenk-Dziubek
Jacek Dymel

Accounting of the Society 
Maria Bobrowska – Chief Accountant
Elżbieta Woch-Stopa – Deputy Chief Accountant
Klaudia Czaja – Independent Accountant
Monika Dyrlaga – Accountant

Jewish Culture Festival Society
Stowarzyszenie Festiwal Kultury Żydowskiej
36, Józefa Street, 31-056 Kraków, Poland

NIP: 676-20-55-190 (Tax Identification Number)
REGON: 350806019 (Company Register Number)
KRS: 0000168258 (Charity Registration Number)

BNP Paribas

Account number (IBAN):
PL 78 1750 1048 0000 0000 0318 1348
SWIFT code:

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